Pathetic. That’s the only way these numbers could be described were this about any other car, and to a certain extent they still are.
Nonetheless, the Chevrolet Volt is already in position to break its all-time monthly sales record. GM says it already moved more than 2,500 units out of the barn this month, which bests the old record by at least 500 cars.
Sad as those numbers might seem, it’s important to look at the competition. Through July, there had been 10,666 Volts sold. While it’s not really a fair side- by-side because of the Chevrolet’s gas engine, the Nissan Leaf only managed to move 3,543 of its ranks.
Ultimately, that has to raise questions about whether or not EVs are actually starting to catch on. Sure, the sales numbers are growing, but is it enough?
Probably not when you consider that GM is said to be stopping production for a full month to make up for swollen inventory and poor demand. But things might not be all bleak for the Volt and others like it.
The Obama administration just mandated every automaker to have an average 54.5 mpg by 2025 which could stand to offer the Volt and cars like it a whole new popularity.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]